Facilitators and Catalyzers

Paul Howard, MPA
Director of Community Initiatives, 100 Million Healthier Lives

Mr. Howard is the Director of Community Initiatives for 100 Million Healthier Lives, where he leads several national projects focused on improving health, wellbeing and equity in communities. Prior to coming to IHI, Mr. Howard served as Senior Director of Knowledge Sharing (KnoSh) at Community Solutions, leading their domestic and international consulting work.  This included the development of an Agile Problem Solving methodology to improve systems and solve complex issues, particularly in the areas of homelessness, poverty alleviation and health. His work has included managing the launch of the Institute of Global Homelessness, the planning and launching of a 20,000 Homes Campaign in Canada and the European Campaign to End Street Homelessness. Previously he served as the Director of Data and Performance Management for Community Solution’s 100,000 Homes Campaign. Mr. Howard brings more than 20 years of experience working in human services, including direct services, system design, training, facilitation, performance improvement and consulting. Paul Holds a Masters in Public Administration from City University of New York, Baruch School of Public Affairs.

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Medicine; Director of Population Health, Yale Medicine

Brita Roy, MD, MPH, MHS is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Director of Population Health for Yale Medicine.  Dr. Roy is a clinician-investigator, researching ways to use assets-based approaches to mitigating disparities in health outcomes by identifying and promoting positive psychosocial factors at the individual and community levels. She is investigating mechanisms by which positive psychology can prevent disease among individuals and groups, which led to the development of an actionable framework to measure and support the health and well-being of entire communities. She also serves as a measurement lead for the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In addition, Dr. Roy also enjoys teaching health professions students and internal medicine residents in the classroom and while taking care of a diverse array of patients in the hospital.  Dr. Roy pursued Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and Wayne State University, respectively. She then went on to the University of Michigan to pursue a combined MD/MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education. Dr. Roy subsequently completed residency training in internal medicine and served as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham prior to completing the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University.

David Scobey, PhD
Director, Bringing Theory to Practice

David Scobey is Director of Bringing Theory to Practice, a Washingon, D.C.-based project that works to renew the core purposes of college education–engaged learning, preparation for meaningful work, civic engagement, and the personal flourishing of all students–through innovative projects, collaborative research, and public advocacy.  From 1989 to 2005, he was a member of the University of Michigan faculty, teaching American Studies, U.S. cultural history, and the history of urbanism and architecture.  In 1998, he founded Arts of Citizenship, a UM program that fostered public work and community projects in the arts, humanities, and design.  Between 2005 and 2010, he was the Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Community Partnerships at Bates College and the inaugural Director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. From 2010 to 2014, he served as the founding Executive Dean of the School for Public Engagement at The New School in New York City.  In 2016-18, he was Senior Scholar for The Graduate! Network, a consortium of regional efforts dedicated to improving college access and success for adult learners.

David Scobey has a Ph.D. from the Program in American Studies at Yale University, a Diploma in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in English Literature (summa cum laude) from Yale University. His historical scholarship focuses on culture, politics, urbanism, and space in 19th-century America. He is the author of Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape (Temple University Press, 2002), as well as other studies of U.S. cultural and urban history. He also writes extensively on current issues and the recent history of American higher education.  Much of his recent research centers on nontraditional undergraduates—the large majority of U.S. college students—and their importance to the future of higher education.

For twenty years, David Scobey has worked to advance the democratic purposes of higher education. In his writing, teaching, and programmatic initiatives, he has sought to build bridges between academic and public work, especially through the integration of community engagement into liberal education and the full inclusion of nontraditional students into higher education.  He is active in national efforts on behalf of these goals, serving on advisory boards for Project Pericles, Bringing Theory To Practice, and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars In Public Life.

David Scobey is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, a Senior Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and other research fellowships and awards.  He is a member of the New York Academy of History.  He was awarded an Excellence in Education Award and the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award by the University of Michigan, and he was a finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Prize, a national faculty award given for community-based education.